Hundreds of bee hives stolen

The thieves probably knew what they were doing when they stole 200 colonies of bees in the last fortnight

Beehive owners stung by theft of one million bees in Northland, with a warning such thefts are on the up.

Shanghai Maling deal laid out

Shareholders will get the chance to vote for a second time on the Shanghai Maling agreement.

Silver Fern Farms have warned shareholders of the consequences of a vote against its Shanghai Maling agreement.

Kiwi helping orphaned elephants

Debbie Mair is working to find a economically viable milk product from NZ cow's milk for orphaned pygmy elephants in Borneo.

A Lower Hutt Rotarian is travelling to Borneo to see if a trial of New Zealand cows' milk agrees with orphaned elephants.

Farmers warned about NZ dollar

Lamb faces an uncertain future as the dollar swings.

Farmers can translate the blitz of economic impact information to roughly mean they've been warned.

Hard graft pays off

Ormond Nurseries general manager Ben Wickham with a bundle of 50 sauvignon blanc vines ready to send out to wine ...

Business is booming again for a grape vine supplier that took a "hiding" after the huge harvest of 2008.

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opinion

Ollie and Angus, mates for life

Wendy Ward with Ollie the bull calf.

Wendy Ward recounts a tale of animal friendship.

Know your beekepers

Although manuka honey has brought many benefits to Taranaki, its rapid growth has caused the odd hiccup too.

Don't act rashly to vote away control

Are we too tangled up in red tape?

Fieldays

Helping others, helping himself 

Bay of Plenty kiwifruit orchardist David Horwood has overcome depression by turning his innovation ideas into reality.

 Award-winning inventor overcame depression by turning his ideas into reality.

Weber mystery at Fieldays

Reporter Audrey Malone takes on the Chiefs' Brad Weber in an obstacle course challenge at Mystery Creek.

Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year winner  Paul Olsen from Manawatu.

Biggest and busiest

The National Fieldays has wrapped up one of its biggest and busiest events yet.

dairy

Economics drum beat urges farmer alert

Lamb faces an uncertain future as the dollar swings.

Farmers can translate the blitz of economic impact information to roughly mean they've been warned.

LIC annual result hit by dairy downturn

Dairy industry service company LIC posts a loss for the financial year as dairy slump bites.

Debbie Mair is working to find a economically viable milk product from NZ cow's milk for orphaned pygmy elephants in Borneo.

Kiwi woman helping orphaned elephants

A Lower Hutt Rotarian is travelling to Borneo to see if a trial of New Zealand cows' milk agrees with orphaned elephants.

advice

Know your beekepers

Bees can fly several kilometres to feed, but there is a limit to how many hives an area can sustain.

Although manuka honey has brought many benefits to Taranaki, its rapid growth has caused the odd hiccup too.

What's China got against NZ? gallery video

Is China really angry enough at New Zealand to throttle our dairy, wool and fruit exports? Here are the facts.

Dairy farmers are advised to make a business plan before they get caught up with calving.

Make a business plan ahead of busy spring period

The term "planning" has been a major point of discussion at a number of farm discussion groups we have attended in the past few weeks.

aquaculture

'Camilla' birthday gives seafood hope video

Cawthron scientist Kevin Heasman with scampi being raised under infrared light at the Cawthron Aquaculture Park.

Cawthron Institute scientists have raised the world's first New Zealand scampi in captivity.

Sucking up the seabed

Removing contaminated sediment through a vacuum could help salmon farms meet management guidelines.

Waikawa Bay Dive Centre owner Stuart Scaife says the scallop season closure will impact his Picton business.

Scallop downturn expected

Dive centre owner says he relies on a good summer diving season to survive the winter months.

beef

Indonesia beef access confidence

Prime Minister John Key shares a joke with Indonesian president Joko Widodo at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta.

Meat processing company Alliance Group is upbeat after trade trip to Indonesia.

Sowing the seed for 2017 Taranaki Ballance awards

Organisers of a prestigious Taranaki farm environment contest say prospective entrants have nothing to lose.

Animal rights group Safe has warned New Zealand cattle could be subjected to mistreatment if the government agrees to ...

Rights group fights live exports video

GRAPHIC CONTENT: It fears increase in live cattle exports to Indonesia after John Key's visit.

Sheep

Economics drum beat urges farmer alert

Lamb faces an uncertain future as the dollar swings.

Farmers can translate the blitz of economic impact information to roughly mean they've been warned.

Sheep farmers in for currency whack

Sheep farmers have been warned their new season earnings look likely to take a significant hit from turbulent exchange rates.

North Island wool sales will take a breather for three weeks after recent disappointing auctions.

Wool prices down

Less wool was passed in at the latest Napier sale as growers accepted prices on offer.

cropping

Roxburgh grower places third

Roxburgh fruit grower Jack Gilchrist competes in a pruning activity in the Central Otago Young Fruit Grower competition.

A Central Otago orchardist has been awarded third place at a national young grower competition.

Spring merits of sub clover

Sub clover provides good feed in spring for a South Otago farming couple.

Taranaki Ballance Farm Environment Awards Trust chairman, Alistair Abbott, of  Eltham.

Sowing the seed for 2017 Taranaki Ballance awards

Organisers of a prestigious Taranaki farm environment contest say prospective entrants have nothing to lose.

agribusiness

Injured shearer's telco dilemma

Sam Welch (left) and wife, Emily, are not happy about the un-reliable landline and cellphone coverage in rural Waikato.

As his hand dripped with blood, Sam Welch knew he was in trouble. But he couldn't call 111.

Shanghai Maling deal laid out

Silver Fern Farms have warned shareholders of the consequences of a vote against its Shanghai Maling agreement.

A visitor tries a piece of kiwifruit in front of a Zespri stall, at an international fruit and vegetable exhibition in ...

PM's dept warned of Chinese threats video

It was told about the reprisals over China's steel stoush, but didn't tell him.

Discovery

Tech from the farmer's view

DairyNZ scientist Callum Eastwood worked at a youth hostel in the Canadian Rockies during his OE.

Rob Mitchell talks to a scientist who believes technology has an important role but will never replace a good farmer.

Always up for a challenge

Scientist goes from textile chemist to entomologist to public health researcher, and is now researching special milks.

Cather Simpson: Associate professor of physics and chemical sciences, University of Auckland, and director of the Photon ...

Goosebumps at Photon Factory

Knowledge of the composition of milk offers opportunities for farmers to improve productivity.

rural women

Know your beekepers

Bees can fly several kilometres to feed, but there is a limit to how many hives an area can sustain.

Although manuka honey has brought many benefits to Taranaki, its rapid growth has caused the odd hiccup too.

Alliance woos its women farmers

The Alliance meat co-op is holding a second series of women's workshops around the country.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand is working closely with New Zealand Government ministers and officials to ensure the Brexit vote ...

The Brexit effect

Kirsten Bryant ponders the effect of the Brexit vote.

Video

Whitecliffs access on shaky ground

A stoush between a Taranaki landowner and DOC has resulted in the Whitecliffs Walkway being closed to the public.

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